Doug Suisman and Erick Rodriguez traveled to Pittsburgh this month to present the results of their year-long study for design initiative called Reimagining the Children’s Museum (RCM). RCM was organized by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), which was holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh. In 2012, ACM selected four international design teams, Suisman among them, to investigate the children’s museum of the 21st century (see our April 2012 entry). The Suisman presentaton was called “Inside-Out-Around – The Children’s Museum as New Public Square.” The project was exhibited at the conference, and the work was presented by all four teams in a plenary session. Conference attendee Brad Larson of Brad Larson Media wrote on his blog: “The seminar gathered the four international design teams who have been charged with re-examining some of the basic architectural and community-interface mechanism used by museums… I resonated with analysis from Suisman Urban Design, who spoke of expanding the audience age range, and moving from ‘play based’ to ‘place based’ learning. Lots of insightful analysis such as ‘6 district types’ that I hope will will be published soon.”Read More
The MetLife Foundation & Association of Children’s Museums announced the selection of Suisman Urban Design and three other international firms (Levenbetts, muf Architecture, WANTED landscape) to participate in a year-long design exploration of the future of the children’s museum. “The Reimagining Children’s Museums Project is an exploration of what it means to experience a children’s museum in the 21st century”, said Janet Rice Elman, ACM executive director. “It’s part of our field’s culture to be proactive.” The three year project is supported by MetLife Foundation.
More than a dozen international design teams responded to ACM’s recent request for qualifications. After careful review, ACM selected four interdisciplinary design teams that will each re-imagine architecture and exhibits, media and technology and the urban design in which the museum is situated.Read More